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The First Baptist Church of Hammond, a Chicago-area megachurch, fired its pastor on Tuesday saying he had committed "a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor," the board said in a press release. An Indiana newspaper is reporting that the pastor had a romantic relationship with a minor.
A pastor at a mega-church has been dismissed after allegations that he committed a grave ‘sin’ with a 16-year-old female church member. Dr Jack Schaap, 54, had been pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond in Indiana for 11 years, but was let go after a deacon saw a text on Schaap’s phone from the teenager, allegedly with a picture of the two of them kissing. A board of deacons from the church voted to fire him, according to a public release from the church ‘due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor.’ In a sombre meeting at the church on Wednesday night, the Board of Deacons said the shamed father-of-two confessed to having an affair with the young woman - a member of the church - when she was just 16
Freedom of religion in this country is one of America’s greatest strengths, regardless of religious belief or lack thereof, but where do we draw the line when a sense of religious entitlement causes physical and psychological harm to others, crosses the line, and begins to violate constitutional rights?
Originally posted by boncho
Edit - I just realized that the age of maturity in sexual matters in many places is 16. Although usually a person in a position of power like the church is likely to fall under other restrictions, just as Police and Doctors do...
Originally posted by ManjushriPrajna
A pastor dated a sixteen year old? I fail to see how this has anything to do with child abuse.
I am convinced that many Fundamental Baptist churches are NOW pastored by Jesuits and Opus Dei agents. Many deacons and Sunday School teachers are now inside the Baptist movement teaching doctrines of Rome. You need to read the following articles so that you can watch for the signs that you too have an hireling planted in your church by the Vatican.
"Some of the most famous church "leaders" and evangelists on the planet are Illuminati operatives who use religion to manipulate and brain-wash their followers while engaging in Satanic rituals that beggar belief. That is not to say everyone is involved in these horrors, of course not. Most of the advocates of these religions would be as outraged as the rest of us if they realized what was going on." Source
"...he said we control some parts of the political world, some parts of economic world. He said we control all the churches except The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said we have them in our control and he said that when we have political and economic control of the world we will then be able to establish our total spiritual program."
We Control all the Churches
"90% of the Southern Baptist hierarchy are Freemasons. There is also a high percentage of Christian leadership from the Lutheran and United Methodist churches are Masons. This would explain why Ecumenism has spread so easily.
Written by Freemasons in 1908, the goal is to infiltrate it with their compromising philosophies and attempt to destroy the Church from within."
FREEMASONS ARE INFILTRATING CHURCHES
"Every major religion in the world has been manufactured or infiltrated by the Illuminati to enslave and brainwash society. In essence, religion was the first form of mind control. The indoctrination of the masses by a "Trojan Horse" false religion has allowed the Illuminati to take control and work in secret for many, many years."
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
I would say that we need to back up and ask ourselves whether this is really about religion, or is it about the kinds of abuse that go on when any group is insular, clique-ish, and extremely secretive?
Originally posted by fnpmitchreturns
From my experiences growing up; I saw that the church covered up and enabled child sex abuse by their members because it is a direct reflection on the church. My dear grandmother was one such person whose standing in the church and community caused her (in my opinion) cover up the sex abuse that she saw herself. She never told anyone which led more abuse and others being abused....
church members have such a streak of false pride in them that they can not admit there is a problem in their blinded by faith cults!edit on 4-8-2012 by fnpmitchreturns because: sp/syntax